Michael is a detail-oriented business litigator who handles commercial litigation, appeals, construction defect defense, and legal malpractice claims.

Overview

Michael brings a strong analytic focus to his cases stemming from his background in economics, mathematics, and computer programming, and is well-equipped to see around corners and plan ahead to craft strategies that meet the legal needs of his clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a law clerk to the Honorable James A. Teilborg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and as a law clerk to the Honorable Ann A. Scott Timmer of the Arizona Supreme Court. At Stinson, Michael objectively evaluates a client's legal needs and structures the litigation to focus on achieving the client's goals, whether that involves settlement, winning a dispositive motion or a jury verdict.

Experience

Michael served as counsel for plaintiffs in a legal malpractice action filed against one of the largest law firms in Detroit. The case was tried before a jury in the Eastern District of Michigan and resulted in a $5 million verdict.

He has successfully defended an accredited investor in a complex, closely-held business dispute involving trade secret issues, and obtained a judgment in the investor's favor for rescission of his investment as a result of the business owner's securities fraud.

Michael represents one of the largest commercial banks in the U.S. in a variety of commercial and banking litigation matters.

He also represents a Fortune 1,000 real estate development company in defending construction defect claims.

Michael obtained a reversal on appeal of an Arizona agency's denial of unemployment benefits in a pro bono case.

News & Insights

Publications

"Fishy Statistics: In re Consolidated Salmonid Cases and the Problem of Autocorrelation," 53 Jurimetrics, 2013 

Comment, "Computer-Managed Perpetual Trusts," 51 Jurimetrics, 2011 

Co-author, "Can Your Disability Insurer Dictate the Terms of Your Care?," AzMedicine, 2011

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

Sandra Day O'Connor Inn of Court 

Practices & Industries

Admissions

  • Arizona, 2012

Education

Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012 

  • Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Production & Web Editor 
  • Executive Moot Court Board 
  • Order of the Coif
  • Law, Science & Technology Certificate

Barrett, The Honors College, Arizona State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

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